Private Arthur Brown

Private Arthur James Balfour  Brown, 1st/4th ( Border ) Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, aged 23, on the 12th July 1915 during the ” Charge” on the Turkish trenches at Achi Baba Nullah. He had been born in Stow and was the son of James and Helen Brown of Galashiels and Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia. Before enlisting he had been employed as a warehouseman in Galashiels. He is commemorated with many of his comrades on the Helles Memorial, Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey. That fateful day became known as the ” Black Day of the Borders” as out of the over 700 Officers and Men who had begun the attack only 70 unwounded men answered evening roll call. Few Border Towns and villages had not lost at least one of their sons that day. the first photo shows Achi Baba, the objective of the attack, marked with a cross. the second shows the Borderers ” going over the top” at Gallipoli.

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